MozillaZine's ChromeZone Now Open!

Monday May 24th, 1999

Steve Morrison, creator of the XULTool, has joined MozillaZine (as some of you may already know). He has been hard at work getting the XULTool working on our site, and we're pleased to announce that the ChromeZone is now online.

Now, with a simple form, you can change the look and feel of Mozilla, and create your own themes! You can also choose from some ready-made themes we have available. You can also send your own themes to ChromeZone for addition to our site.

So, fire up apprunner and head over to the chromeZone.

We got a lot of great entries for our little "name our new chrome area" contest, but in our final vote, "ChromeZone" came out on top. A number of people submitted the name "ChromeZone" or a variation for our contest. Clayton Scott was the first, however, and his prize is a stuffed Mozilla doll from Netscape. I know we didn't promise any prizes for the contest, but we wanted to give something to the winner.

Thanks to everyone for you contributions, and if you have any suggestions for the chromeZone, let us know.

#226 Re:MozillaZine's ChromeZone Now Open!

by Maciej Stachowiak

Saturday May 29th, 1999 10:53 PM

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So some people seem to think that creating UI chrome on the fly from data is "suicide" and "unacceptable to most users". Did you know that the "chrome" part of most MS Windows and Macintosh applications, i.e. the menus, toolbars, dialogs, etc, is created on the fly from data called "resources"? Resources are put directly into the executable and are not designed to be cross platform, but the essential principle is the same. In fact, there are programs called "resource editors" which allow you to change a program's resources and in effect create a whole new UI. All that XUL is doing is taking the mainstream approach to creating GUIs, i.e. generating them from data, and making it cross-platform, just as XPCOM takes the mainstream approach to software components and makes it cross-platform.